MECN - Prerequisite Courses

All applicants to the MECN program must complete the following approved prerequisite courses (other than Epidemiology) by the end of December 2020 for the Fall 2021 entry: Chemistry (combined inorganic, organic and biochemistry), Epidemiology, Human Anatomy, Human Physiology, Microbiology, Psychology, Statistics and written and oral communication/interpersonal or group communication. Please see the links below for a list of courses that have already been approved. Nursing 50, Fundamentals of Epidemiology may be offered during the summer at UCLA for students who have not already completed an acceptable course.

Chemistry: An approved undergraduate level chemistry course with content with approved content in inorganic, organic and biochemistry.

English Reading & Composition:  Two college level writing courses usually completed during the first two years of a baccalaureate program.  Students who receive a waiver of this requirement in their baccalaureate program due to successful completion of an Advanced Placement Examination must submit proof of the Advanced Placement Examination score. If an applicant has completed a writing intensive course in a department other than English or Writing, he or she must provide documentation that the course included a significant writing component. A thesis is not acceptable.

Epidemiology: An introduction to epidemiology, including factors governing health and disease in populations. (4 quarter units or equivalent of Epidemiology 100A; or Nursing 50 at UCLA).

Group or Oral Communication: A Communication Studies or Speech course that covers the principles of oral communication or interpersonal communication.

Human Anatomy: A human anatomy course that includes: Structural survey of human body, including skeletomuscular, nervous, circulatory, respiratory, digestive, and genitourinary systems. Laboratory includes examination of human cadaver specimens. (4 quarter units or equivalent of Physiological Science 13 or Nursing 13 at UCLA).  Take this course online this summer!

Human Physiology: A human physiology course that includes human systems physiology through cell physiology with emphasis on membrane properties (4 quarter units or equivalent of Physiological Science 3 or Nursing 3 at UCLA). This course must have been completed within the last five years to program start date. Pathophysiology is not acceptable. Take this course online this summer!

Microbiology: A microbiology course that covers introduction to biology of microorganisms (bacteria, viruses, protozoa, algae, fungi), their significance as model systems for understanding fundamental cellular processes, and their role in human affairs. (4 quarter units or equivalent; Microbiology 6 or 101 at UCLA).

Psychology: An introductory or general psychology course that includes topics in cognitive, experimental, personality, developmental, social and clinical psychology. (4 quarter units or equivalent; Psychology 10 at UCLA)

Statistics: An upper division introductory or equivalent biostatistics course that covers the following topics: distributions, sampling, tests of hypotheses, estimation, types of error, significance and confidence intervals, and sample sizes (4 quarter units or equivalent; Biostatistics 100A at UCLA). Taken within the last five years is recommended, but is not required.

Students are expected to have basic computer skills prior to admission.